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Tallahassee Is Preparing For A New City Manager

City of Tallahassee

Tallahassee City Commissioners will hold a changing of the guard Tuesday as the city’s manager prepares to retire.

After a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, the city’s Tuesday agenda begins by recognizing outgoing city manager Anita Favors Thompson with a resolution from the Florida City and County Management Association. And a little farther down the agenda, the commission will appoint a new manager. The commission plans to name Rick Fernandez as the incoming manager. Fernandez currently oversees the city’s utilities. The agenda item will authorize negotiations for a final contract, which the commission must approve. Favors Thompson is set to begin her retirement November 20th.

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Regan McCarthy is the Assistant News Director for WFSU Public Media. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories.

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